HITS Daily Double
Brantley Gilbert is the new face of Apple Music. The CMA Song of the Year nominee stars in a new Apple Music spot that debuts 7/23 during NBC’s Pre-Race Show before the Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400. The commercial, directed by Anthony Mandler, known for his work with Jay-ZRhiannaThe Killers and Drake, was shot over two days outside Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee. The 30-second spot seeks to capture the essence and attitude of the platinum-selling artist. Gilbert rides through the countryside on a motorcycle, embracing the endless possibilities of the open road, basking in the freedom and simple beauty of small-town America. “I’ve never been one for commercials,” Gilbert said. “But when we started talking to the folks at Apple, they were saying, ‘We want to capture you, the way you live and the values you hold. We want people to see your world, show them what you hear and respond to. If they see you, it says everything.’” Big Machine Label Group President and CEO Scott Borchetta believes Gilbert is an ideal embodiment for Apple Music. “We’re always looking for the right moments to crystalize careers.  Moments that represent the artist and the artistic vision,” he said. “Apple Music’s vision for Brantley and his music aligned perfectly with his own,” says. “He represents so much more than even any single song; he’s emblematic of a slice of America that can’t be bought, or sold, or stopped. It’s heroic, and whomever we teamed with, the alliance needed to represent that.” The Brantley Gilbert Big Machine Brickyard 400 broadcasts on NBC 7/23 at 2:30 PM ET.
On the occasion of his national TV debut, on Kimmel, BMLG breakout Brett Young finds himself staring down the beard of our own Todd Hensley. Young's third single, "Like I Loved You," is at Country radio now, on the heels of back-to-back hits "Sleep Without You" and "In Case You Didn't Know." The latter made Young the first country artist to be certified platinum for a single released in 2017. Young's been on the road both with Lady Antebellum and as a headliner—and after being invited to tour the HITS offices, next door to the Kimmel stage, he decided to get back on the road even faster than expected.
Mercury Nashville's soulful songsmith Chris Stapleton stopped by the Today Show this fine Tuesday morning to perform as part of the Summer Concert Series. Following the televised look, his recently released, critically acclaimed set, From A Room: Volume 1, and breakout full-length Traveller spiked at iTunes. At press time, they sit at #3 and #6, respectively....Read More
(l-r: UMPG’s Kent Earls, Sony Music Nashville’s Jim Catino, Ken Robold and Randy Goodman; EFG Management’s Martha Earls; Kane Brown; Sony Music Nashville’s Steve Hodges; WME’s Braeden Rountree and Rob Beckham) RCA Nashville/Zone 4's Kane Brown hit two career milestones today with his single "What Ifs"—off his self-titled debut album. "What Ifs" not only broke into the Top 20 at Country radio, it was also certified gold by the RIAA. RIAA and Sony Music staff surprised Brown with the plaque, as well as a celebration honoring the achievement, where he's pictured above.Country music's rising star rejoiced in the gold certification of breakout single "Used To Love You Sober"—off the Chapter 1 EPearlier this year, but "What Ifs" is his first track to reach the Top 20 at radio. Kane Brown debuted at #1 on the Country album charts in December of 2016, and Brown's currently coming to the end of a national tour. **Photo credit: Alan Poizner
Following his sold-out show in Tampa, MCA Nashville superstar Sam Hunt joined label and management folks for the kind of high-energy photo op that can only be achieved when the humidity reaches 3,000%. Seen just before some fake artists from Sweden showed up with frosty glasses of aquavit are (l-r) UMGN's Brian Wright, prexy Cindy Mabe, chief Mike Dungan, Hunt, UMGN's Royce Risser and Mike Harris and Homestead/Red Light's Brad Belanger.
Big Machine Label Group's Scott Borchetta and Sandi Spika Borchetta were honored with the Starkey Hearing Foundation's Humanitarian Award at the 17th annual So the World May Hear Awards. The pair were recognized for their support not only of Starkey but numerous other worthy causes as well. Also pictured: BMLG artist Steven Tyler, who headlined the entertainment, and fellow honorees Ben Affleck and Zambian First Lady Madam Esther Lungu. Rumors that Madam Lungu participated in a raucous Aerosmith medley could not be confirmed at presstime.
      Sony Music Nashville will be teaming with global sports entertainment company Topgolf for the 7/22 (Sat.) Topgolf Crush event at Nissan Stadium in Nashville. The event also features food trucks, drinks and golfing activities and takes place next weekend (7/20-7/23). The weekend's current roster finds Monument RecordsWalker Hayes, Columbia Nashville/Epic RecordsLevon and Sony Music Nashville’s The Sisterhood, Robert Counts and Fairground Saints taking over the Concessions Zone stage on Saturday. Sunday will see a special appearance from RCA Nashville act and avid golfer Jake Owen along with 12 radio contest winners. You can get more information and purchase tickets to the event here
At a Nashville event for Tyminski, the following people considered going by just their last names as a way of cementing their legendary status: Triple 8's Paul Steele, Universal Music Nashville chief Mike Dungan and President Cindy Mabe, Tyminski and Triple 8's George Couri, Kaitlin Harper and Bruce Kalmick. The vibey multimedia presentation of the Tyminski project—produced by Jesse Frasure and due later this year—showcased new work by the Grammy-winning veteran singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist (first name: Dan) best known for his vocal on "Man of Constant Sorrow," the smash from O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and his contribution to Allison Krauss + Union Station, of which he's been a member for 25 years. The audience was a who's who of Music City machers, including CMA CEO Sarah Trahern, WME's Jay Williams, CMT's Leslie Fram and Jon Hamlin and Opry Entertainment's Steve Buchanan.
To celebrate his chart-topping, platinum hit "Hurricane," River House/Columbia Nashville breakout Luke Combs joins execs, co-writers and other well-wishers for a good old Nashville #1 party at ACME Feed and Seed. Which meant a cheerful photo op for the trades, followed by enough bourbon to fully submerge the capitol building. Seen just before battening down the hatches are (back, l-r) MAKE/WAKE Management's Chris Kappy, BMI's Bradley Collins, Big Machine Music chief Scott Borchetta, 50 Egg Music Publishing's Jonathan Singleton, BMG Publishing's Chris Ogelsby, Big Machine's Mike Molinar, InTune's Jeff Catton, Warner/Chappell's Will Overton, River House Artists' Lynn Oliver-Cline and Sony Music Nashville topper Randy Goodman; and (front, l-r) Thomas Archer, Combs and Taylor Phillips.
Nashville is buzzing about Monument artist Walker Hayes, whose "You Broke Up With Me" (via Sony Nashville) is showing serious muscle in multiple metrics. Single sales are up 18% (7k+ this week, 77k RTD) and streams up 17% (1.3m this week, 12.5m audio/video RTD). It's #1 on SiriusXM The Highway's Top 30 and seeing strong regional Shazam action. And numbers aside, dude's got the goods—and the groove—as this charming  home-studio performance clip amply demonstrates. (Note: Jason Owen's triangle solo did not make the final mix.)
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